“This is an announcement for passengers on flight AI0131 to London. The flight has been delayed due to bad weather conditions. Our new departure time is 07:50 AM. Thank you.”
It was the long haul for Soumyaa to board this flight and to continue her career in law from UCL (University College London). Good Bye to her Family did make her throat hurt. But it was a hazy moment, to leave the home, step onto the land of new culture, new country, different time zones. She removed the gift from her Dad, which read ‘For your Ingenuity’. Unpacked it, she found a wrist watch, which defines her quality.
Soumyaa landed London. After one week, her Law school reopened and it was her first day at School. She took the small strides so as to have a slow and avid look at the campus and as she dreamt, to move into the Bentham House and to explore new pathways to Law.
Its been one and half year, she was progressing with her law course in London. One evening she was surfing through her mails, checking Inbox. Suddenly, she saw the mail from her lawyer intimating her about the date for the judgement. She rose from the chair with the ascend in pace of her breath.
Three Years back…
Soumyaa had appeared for LSAT and had scored 167 out of 180 and 8 out of 9 as an average of all her sections in IELTS. She was all set to start her LLM from the best of Universities. Not all but her proud parents were happy with her achievement. She got admitted to King’s College London, which she aimed then. All was well but her orthodox grandparents were not so happy with her decision to fly London and study further. The same month her grandpa suffered from the severe heart stroke and was saved from death. Her Grandpa said to her Dad, “I don’t know when my life will end. We have name and fame in our society. Its better that the damsels must fly to their nests as soon as possible”. Looking at his Father’s condition, Soumyaa’s Dad decided to get her daughter married. This decision just shattered Soumyaa and her mother. There were so many family members who were happy not because of talks of Soumyaa’s marriage but because a girl was refrained from fulfilling her dreams.
Soumyaa’s Dad arranged the marriage for his daughter with the best of cities’ wealthy clan’s son called Vansh. She was forcefully married to him even after Soumyaa denied for the same many times. Her married life started. Vansh’s family did not allow to complete her LLM which they promised to Soumyaa’s family before the marriage was fixed. Soumyaa thought that everything will be on track with time. It’s been a month, Soumyaa got married. They took care about their conjugal life and the relationship between husband and wife. Vansh thought that the pleasures of flesh and the spirit associated with connubial life will make Soumyaa forget her career goals. Everyday and night she would request Vansh to let her start her admission process once again for LLM. Vansh would ignore each day. Soumyaa refused to fulfill his wish in bed everynight, to which she was feeling as a slave. Its been 6 months of marriage and one month to her refusal to get intimate.
Unaware of Vansh’s intentions, Soumyaa became the victim of his abuse, molestation and rape. First time ever did she see someone so closely breaking the law. Broken inside out, she forged her mind to file an FIR to the nearest police station. The hawaldaar refused to file the complain against the Mehras who were famous for their wealth and name in the city. “Madam, I think this matter must be sorted out between you and your husband. I think its his right to ask for what he wanted and you refused”, hawaldaar smirked. Soumyaa, horrified, stood up and angrily replied, “So, you loyal dog of Mehras, no need to suggest me for what to do and what not. Call the Inspector. Let him know, his hawaldaar has forgotten his job”. “I think my hawaldaar has suggested you the very right thing, Mrs. Mehra “, Inspector said, “Its 3 A.M. You must go your home. Its not Mr. Vansh who broke any law. You must follow the law and your responsibility. I have called up Mr. Mehra. He will come soon to pick you home”. Soumyaa jerked back, “Sir, just look at me. That beast has just crushed my self-respect. His bite marks are clear, can’t you see those, you damn Inspector. I know how to protest the law better than you. Please file my FIR”. She wept and shouted, ” I don’t want to go to that den again”. She went deadpan and broken.
“Come on, get up. Need to go home”, Vansh came and started pulling Soumyaa towards the car.
“How dare you ruin our family’s reputation, came here to complain against me huh?”
To be Continued…